Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea

PC USGS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

The preliminary magnitude 7.0 quake struck at 10:48 a.m. today at a depth of 24.5 miles and was centered 118 miles northeast of Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank, are holding annual meetings on Bali.

No reports of damage or injuries have surfaced from the quake.

'Wow, that was really strong and it lasted a long time, ' said a woman named Davy who took refuge in the parking lot of a Bali hotel.

The quake hit about 200km south-west of the town of Rabaul at a depth of nearly 40km, just before 7am local time (5am Singapore time).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said waves about 0.3m high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that hazardous waves were possible on coasts within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicenter.

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A tsunami threat existed in parts of the Pacific, but it was determined there was no threat to Hawaii, according to the National Weather Service office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"We felt the quake a bit, but it was not too strong", Constable Roy Michael said, speaking by phone from Rabaul police station.

He added there was no damage in Rabaul, but officers were still waiting to hear from villages closer to the epicentre.

Australia's Tsunami Warning Centre said its coastlines were not at risk. Geological Survey said. The quake was initially recorded as a 7.3 magnitude quake, but it was revised down.

In March, a magnitude-6.6 quake struck nearby but no casualties or damage was reported.

A magnitude 6.0 natural disaster has struck just off the coast of Indonesia, a country reeling from an quake and tsunami last month that killed more than 2000 people.

Indonesia is still reeling from an quake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi that killed more than 2,000 people.

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